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Shiny released to CRAN; Shiny Server coming soon

The shiny package, the R package from RStudio that makes it easy to build simple interactive interfaces for R scripts, is now available on CRAN. This will make it easier for R programmers to install and use shiny, and to run the interfaces they create from a local web browser. The next step is to be able to publish interactive interfaces for others to use, and it looks like things are getting closer on that front as well. RStudio will soon publish an open-source "shiny server" for Linux which you can use to deploy interactive R-based applications to your own Web server. You can see a few examples of such applications in action already: Compare stocks over a selected date range Calculate sample size required for two-sample experiments Build a predictive model for height and weight of schoolchildren These applications are running on a pre-release version of Shiny Server, and are attractive, fast and responsive. (This comes as no surprise given that Jeffrey Horner, the lead developer of the RApache Project, was involved in the shiny server development.) RStudio also plans to sell a value-added version of Shiny Server to businesses later in 2013. In other 'shiny' news, Yihui Xie's knitr package now includes the ability to create a shiny-based "R notebook", which shows the Markdown code for a knitr document side-by-side with the output document itself. You can see what it looks like in this example. RStudio blog: An update on shiny

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David Smith is Vice President of Marketing and Community at Revolution Analytics. He has a long history with the R and statistics communities. After graduating with a degree in Statistics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, he spent four years researching statistical methodology at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where he also developed a number of packages for the S-PLUS statistical modeling environment. He continued his association with S-PLUS at Insightful (now TIBCO Spotfire) overseeing the product management of S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products.<

David smith is the co-author (with Bill Venables) of the popular tutorial manual, An Introduction to R, and one of the originating developers of the ESS: Emacs Speaks Statistics project. Today, he leads marketing for REvolution R, supports R communities worldwide, and is responsible for the Revolutions blog. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, he served as vice president of product management at Zynchros, Inc. Follow him on twitter at @RevoDavid